Omeish Observer

January 25th- February 5th

Kindness Week

Kindness week is this week! February 8th-12th! We have two whole school projects going on this week!

Books and Badges Program:

CRES staff and students are asking the community to donate new and gently used books to the Fishers Police Department. The FPD will use these books for their Books and Badges Program along with having them readily available for families in need.

Please help CRES collect the books by asking your student bring them in by Friday, February 12th. All books can be turned into their homeroom.

Crayon Drive:

Please donate all broken and unwanted crayons to CRES during kindness week. CRES will then donate the crayons to a drive being put on by students at FHS. The students will melt and reform the crayons. The crayons will be donated to children in local hospitals.

Students will also be participating in different activities during the week encouraging kindness! It is going to be a great week!

One Book One School

“So let us wage a global struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism and let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education First.” Malala Yousafzai.

While one book changing the world is a tall order, we hope one book can change our school for the better. CRES students, staff, and families will be embarking on a journey with “Dear Malala, We Stand with You” by Rosemary McCarty as our jumping off point. One book, One school. We will come together around this book to discover, discuss, and honor our heroes. Every student at CRES will begin this journey on February 26th. Thanks to our amazing Librarian, Kristin Hicks, every single staff member has a copy of the book to use in all parts of the curriculum over the coming months. We will have a culminating event and closure in May.

We know heroes come in many shades, shapes, and sizes. Heroes do not always fly or wear capes, they do not always fight with strength of body or personal wealth. Malala Yousafzai is a hero to countless people across the globe for her efforts to go to school and secure schooling for other young girls. We cannot wait to enrich the lives and learning of the children, families, and staff here at CRES as we honor Malala’s struggle and discover what makes a hero.

Global Play Day!

Global Play Day was a success!


We started learning about Folktales, Fairy Tales, Myths, Legends, and Tall Tales this past week. We started work comparing and contrasting the stories we know to similar stories told throughout the world. Students will continue work learning cause and effect using these genres this week.

We will start work with biographies soon!

Language Arts

Students continued work on their opinion letters this past week. They are writing their final drafts and continuing work on opinion writing with prompts this week.


We dove into fractions this past week! We will continue work with fractions for the next couple of weeks. I will introduce their fraction pizza project soon. We used fraction bar manipulatives to help students see the different sizes in fractions and see equivalent fractions.

Science & Social Studies

Students have been learning about how communities change in Social Studies. We will start our next unit in Science: Simple Machines in the next few weeks!
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Big Buddies & Little Buddies

We created posters to put up around the school to help create interest and curiosity about our One Book One School project! Our students will be putting these posters up around the school the week of February 22nd.

Kevin Klammeraad

Author Kevin Klammeraad came to CRES on Friday, February 5th for a special program for our students. He shared his puppets and informed students how he comes up with his new creative ideas for his books and puppets!


ISTEP and IREAD are quick approaching. I have attached some links to help you understand this standardized assessment. As an Indiana school, we will participate in ISTEP and IREAD testing this spring.

Please note: If you have questions about these tests or their content, please visit the Parent Portal link in the "Important Information" section below.

Upcoming Skills and Resources

We will continue to learn about growth mindset! This will help your student understand how we can learn from out mistakes in order to get better, instead of stopping when things do not go our way!

Below I have listed some of our topics and suggestions of how you can help at home! Please note that these are only suggestions and in no way required!

Math: Fractions, Geometry, Lines, & Division

Question: What is fact fluency?

- Each week your student will take a timed quiz to practice their addition and subtraction facts. They will have five minutes to complete the 100 problem quiz. The goal is to get your students to know their math facts in a snap!

- We will now start practicing our multiplication facts: 20 problems in 1 minute.

Resources to practice at home:


- Create flash cards (the old fashioned way)

- Download the app(s):

  • Xtramath
  • tenmarks
  • There are many more apps you can find and utilize


Reading: Biographies, Folklore, Fables, Fairytales

How to help at home:

-Make a space for your child to read every night

- Read with, beside, or to your child

- Listen to your child read to you

Questions to ask about reading:

"What was the setting?"

"What is a character trait for the main character? How do you know?"

"What was that chapter, book, or page all about?"

"Retell what you just read."

"How would you feel if you were.... (character in novel)"

"Why do you think the author told you that?"

"How would this book be different if the setting was different?"

"What caused the character to do that?"

"Predict what will happen next. What from the text caused you to make that prediction?"

"Identify the theme." (Theme: the message or moral of the story)

"What is the problem in the story?"

"What was the solution to the problem?"


  • Simple Machines

Social Studies

  • Communities Change Unit

Important Information

Our Schedule

8:45-9:00 Morning Procedures

9:00-9:30 Learning Clubs

9:30-10:10 Specials

10:15-10:30 Snack/Read Aloud

10:30-12:00 Reading Workshop

12:00-12:30 Writer's Workshop

12:35-12:55 Recess

1:05-1:35 Lunch

1:40-3:00 Math

3:00-3:30 Science

Specials Classes

Day 1 Art

Day 2 Music

Day 3 PE

Day 4 Computers

What's Going on Here at Cumberland Road Elementary School?

Upcoming CRES Events

**Get these Special Events on Your Calendar**

April 22nd: CRES Fest

Lunch Visits and Background Checks

All guests and parent volunteers must have their background check completed prior to volunteering at school or having lunch with their child. The online background checks will take time to process. You do not need to complete a background check prior to visiting if you have had one done in HSE within the past 3 years. ALL guests must also complete an online anti-bullying training webinar.

For more information on background checks and the anti-bullying webinar, please visit: